Career Tips

How to Get the Overseas Job You Want

Date Posted: 08/26/2019

In an overseas job you love or “living your passion/ dream” might come off as idealistic or unrealistic to some, but it is possible. Yes, it may be hard, but it has been done by a lot of people who are now working abroad and earning a salary they would never get at home.

Here are some tips on how to get that job abroad you really want:

Tip 1 is to be smart about it. The job you want will not just fall in your lap. There are plenty of other applicants you are in competition with.

Prepare well for your interview

Like we said earlier, your dream job will not just magically fall into your lap. Don’t be a Juan Tamad, instead, be a Juan Sipag. Some things you have to remember in preparing well for your interview is:

  1.  Make sure your resume has no typos or mistakes and always include a cover letter. Be sure totailor your resume for the job you are applying for. Don’t just use a standard resume template that you send out to all the jobs you are applying for. Highlight the things relevant to the job.
  2. Research the company’s background and be sure to check their website. Interviewers always like it when you have done your homework and research and know something about the company.
  3. Dress appropriately and neatly for your interview. The first impression the interviewer has of you is most important.
  4. Always tell the truth. Being open, and honest is extremely important during an interview because many applicants lie and exaggerate to get a job. But be sure that you will be caught out sooner or later. Present your skills carefully and honestly.  Rehearse what you are going to say so that you don’t have to exaggerate or sound as if you are anxious. Anxiety shown in an interview may be misunderstood as dishonesty.

Review and perfect your skillset

Let’s say you want to be a waiter do you know what questions may be asked? Have you had previous experience? Do you know how to talk to your customers? There is plenty of information on the internet that you can study to help you prepare. On the other hand, if you want to be a secretary of an executive assistant, brush up on things like your grammar, verbal communication skills, and MS Office, or even Photoshop skills.

Get relevant experience

As with every job, it is important (though not always essential), that you have the relevant experience for the job. For example, if you want to be a photographer, maybe a stint as a photographer’s assistant will help you pursue a future job abroad. Brushing on your editing skills can also support you in this dream.

Win the interviewer over with your cover letter

…because you’re too lazy to make a good cover letter, then what does that say about your interest in the job? Points to be made in your cover letter include: 1.) Why you’re fit for the job? (skills, work ethic, experience, social skills, etc.), 2.) How you fit with the company’s culture, 3.) What you will be able to contribute to the company?

Writing a good cover letter is also a way of presenting the company with your good communication skills, which is always a good way of making your resume stand out from other applicants.

Utilize POEA offices and services

Government offices such as the POEA are instituted for the very purpose of assisting overseas workers, at sayang naman ang buwis ng taumbayan kung hindi naman gagamitin ang mga serbisyo. Furthermore, several POEA services are now coursed online, which makes application processes convenient and accessible.

We hope these few pointers help you in getting the job abroad that you want. Tandaan, “Kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw, maraming dahilan.” Don’t let fear, frustration, or doubt stop you from reaching for your dreams.

Again to reiterate, the overseas dream job that you want won’t magically fall into your lap, it comes with: proper preparation, work, previous experience, and strategy!

We wish you luck in getting that job abroad!

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